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 Posted:   Oct 6, 2012 - 12:47 PM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)



I've developed a healthy dislike of really expensive watches, having dealt with clients who drop 25 grand on a watch without giving it a second thought but then cavil at paying a couple of hundred pounds to insure it.


Well my two Tags were nowhere near that cost (both were about £1500 if I recall) but you'll be happy to know Chris they are both insured!

 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2012 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

I have worn only digital watches since the 70s. They should have lots of buttons, functions, and MUST display seconds on the main screen.

My first was the CASIO F-100, the world's first watch with a 1/100 second stopwatch (PS if anybody has one or can get one I'd buy it):



I've also had a Timex Iron Man. Here it is, glitching as it was prone to do (a good glitching gizmo adds immeasurable value for me):



Loved the design of the Casio Wave Ceptor. It didn't work out too well as a watch for various reasons but what a beauty. I mean, it doesn't just display the date (DD/MM), it displays the bleedin' year! (and gets the right time from a radio signal - heaven):



Currently have a CASIO Multi Lingual DATA BANK. It's got calculator buttons and can hold 25 items of data. Let me repeat that - 25 ITEMS OF DATA - Could be phone numbers, dates, whatever. I'd like to see the mobile phone that can match that!

Also currently wearing (on alternate days) a Timex Expedition. Compass facility has been useful.

Don't like analogue watches or clocks and have been known to misread them frequently. The only one I like is the old BBC clock. I would wear an analogue watch if it had a BBC clock face.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2012 - 4:18 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

...

Don't like analogue watches or clocks and have been known to misread them frequently. The only one I like is the old BBC clock. I would wear an analogue watch if it had a BBC clock face.


...So strange, must be a generation thing ...

I'm a mathematician at heart and an accountant in practice and yet, for me, a time-piece should be analogue ... I really dislike digital pieces. And I find I can read the time so much more quickly with the analogue face .. almost as if I am converting the digital information back into the image I expect to see before understanding what the time is.

Similarly, when I've had a hire car which has a digital speedometer ... I take much longer to recognise the speed than with the numbered dial.

Back on topic, if I had a couple of thousand + to spare I'd buy a named time-piece but in the meantime I'll settle for my every-day and relatively inexpensive Rotary.

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2012 - 5:58 PM   
 By:   Nightingale   (Member)

I can't leave the house without my watch. I specifically love the divers style watches that are waterproof to at least 200 meters (you never know). My current one is a Pulsar solar watch that can be seen here:

http://www.gadgetlite.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/pulsar-solar-watch.jpg

It is by far the best watch I've ever owned and have not had to replace the battery and am going on 7 (I think) years or so. All my previous watches started to have problems when I replaced the batteries although I admit, I don't think I've ever paid much over $100 for a watch.

Would like James Bond's Omega watch some day (that will never come).

 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2012 - 9:14 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I pretty much stopped wearing a watch for a few years until I got one for the bar exam recently. Finally I got a sweet analog one that is almost silent. It was nice and cheap and works well for me. I still tend to use my cell phone most of the time when I want to know the time but I wear it when I go out sometimes.

 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2012 - 11:16 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

Affordable, comfortable, extremely accurate, and it has the 24 hour dial that saves me a little arithmetic at work:

 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2012 - 12:50 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

Affordable, comfortable, extremely accurate, and it has the 24 hour dial that saves me a little arithmetic at work:



And coincidentally that is the watch MacGyver wore through the firet 5 seasons of the show.

 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2012 - 12:55 AM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

And coincidentally that is the watch MacGyver wore through the firet 5 seasons of the show.

I didn't know that. But I recall seeing the watch on CHINA BEACH, an Army show.

In another matter, I did a simple Internet search to find the picture, and the search must have put a cookie on my computer, because now I'm seeing ads for watches everywhere I go. I'm glad I didn't search for Dick's Sporting Goods, I'm gonna tell you that much right now.

 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2012 - 6:05 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

...

Don't like analogue watches or clocks and have been known to misread them frequently. The only one I like is the old BBC clock. I would wear an analogue watch if it had a BBC clock face.


...So strange, must be a generation thing ...

I'm a mathematician at heart and an accountant in practice and yet, for me, a time-piece should be analogue ... I really dislike digital pieces. And I find I can read the time so much more quickly with the analogue face .. almost as if I am converting the digital information back into the image I expect to see before understanding what the time is.

Similarly, when I've had a hire car which has a digital speedometer ... I take much longer to recognise the speed than with the numbered dial.

Back on topic, if I had a couple of thousand + to spare I'd buy a named time-piece but in the meantime I'll settle for my every-day and relatively inexpensive Rotary.

Mitch


Well now they're saying that time IS quantised so maybe I'm right! smile

I've been looking admiringly at some of these MP4 watches. I wanted a watch with a 'studio clock' display and these seems to fit the bill - and can play videos. If I can find a more symmetrical version I'm buying!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2012 - 6:42 AM   
 By:   Erik Donovan   (Member)

People still wear watches? eek

I don't. With my cell phone and clocks all over the place, work, car, etc.
Who needs one?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2012 - 10:48 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

I've been looking admiringly at some of these MP4 watches. I wanted a watch with a 'studio clock' display and these seems to fit the bill - and can play videos. If I can find a more symmetrical version I'm buying!



Actually, although I generally don't care for digital only watches, this one's pretty cool.

Like Mitch, I can recognise the time with a split-second glance at an analogue face from the position of the hands* (and I generally know whether it's morning or afternoon smile ) whereas I have to read and translate the figures on a digital one before I know the time. And apart from anything else, the older I get the harder it is to read the numbers.

On the other hand, I've had a few watches with both analogue and digital displays, which was useful in some ways. In an either/or situation, the digital loses.

TG

* in client meetings, it might be considered rude to stare at a watch whereas I can normally get away with a surruptitious glance at an analogue display, so it's more than aesthetics that govern my preferences.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2012 - 11:39 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

A Citizen selfwinding analogue with black face & bezel, just like the divers watch I always wanted as a kid (but the only time it gets wet is if I get caught in the rain!), I've had it for about 12 years. I have a huge digital with a compass & all sorts of stuff from good old Lydl, but I haven't seen that for about 6 months, I will find it, it looks expensive but it only cost about £18 & I've sussed out how to change the battery. Timex used to be the byword for naff, but there's some fantastic designs out now. If you want to see some watch porn just look at all the watches on Amazon. You can get some great looking watches at markets these days, & real cheap. I was at London's Church Street Market on Saturday & a couple of stalls had some great designs & only £10. I have to wear a watch, but I'd gladly leave the mobile phone at home.

 
 Posted:   Oct 10, 2012 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Timex used to be the byword for naff, but there's some fantastic designs out now.

That's true. Timex is one of the very few brands of anything that I remember my parents slating back in the 70s.

As well as my penchant for digital displays the display has to be the 24 hour clock for me.

Bought a few cheap digital stopwatches for work (gas rate measurement) that were interestingly bad. In twenty seconds they'd gain two seconds on the correct time! They were obviously rejects, 5 for a pound.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 10, 2012 - 7:30 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)


I think if money were no object for me, I'd go for a Breitling.


A friend bought a Breitling in the late 60's from a Freemans catalogue! He still has it (it looks great, all those dials). It's had to go back to Breitling two or three times & they're not cheap to fix. He did give it to his son about 12 years ago, but then had second thoughts & asked for it back!

 
 Posted:   Oct 10, 2012 - 7:41 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

I wear my Dad's Rolex for business occasions, but my everyday watch is:



lights up in the dark to check time during screenings at the Rialto!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 10, 2012 - 3:43 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

No watch -- just my cell phone if I need to know the time.

 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 3:20 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

I have worn only digital watches since the 70s. They should have lots of buttons, functions, and MUST display seconds on the main screen.

My first was the CASIO F-100, the world's first watch with a 1/100 second stopwatch (PS if anybody has one or can get one I'd buy it):




Finally got one from eBay.

Apparently the reason they're rare is because they were used in the film Alien as a wrist communicator and fans of the film have been buying them (2 at a time, as you can see) to recreate one:

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 4:02 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

What is a watch?

That is like a phonebook these days.
I never understood the need to know the time - all the time, and wear it on my wrist.

As far as I can tell it was often for personal vanity or entertainment. I found when I did wear them I was too aware of time, I am better off not being so aware of what time it is. I think it makes life more enjoyable. Granted I know we have to be at work at a certain time etc. But largely I do not need to know the time constantly.

Yes I know that there are wonderful looking watches.

 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 5:21 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

What is a watch?

It's a small device that displays the approximate time, usually worn on the wrist.

That is like a phonebook these days.
I never understood the need to know the time - all the time, and wear it on my wrist.


There is no need to know the time all the time - just any time.

As far as I can tell it was often for personal vanity or entertainment. I found when I did wear them I was too aware of time, I am better off not being so aware of what time it is. I think it makes life more enjoyable. Granted I know we have to be at work at a certain time etc. But largely I do not need to know the time constantly.

If you do not want to be aware of time, or of what time it is, I agree that it is better that you do not wear a watch.

Yes I know that there are wonderful looking watches.

Good. I'm pleased that you have that knowledge.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 5:43 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

What is a watch?

It's a small device that displays the approximate time, usually worn on the wrist.

That is like a phonebook these days.
I never understood the need to know the time - all the time, and wear it on my wrist.


There is no need to know the time all the time - just any time.

As far as I can tell it was often for personal vanity or entertainment. I found when I did wear them I was too aware of time, I am better off not being so aware of what time it is. I think it makes life more enjoyable. Granted I know we have to be at work at a certain time etc. But largely I do not need to know the time constantly.

If you do not want to be aware of time, or of what time it is, I agree that it is better that you do not wear a watch.

Yes I know that there are wonderful looking watches.

Good. I'm pleased that you have that knowledge.


big grin

Hey, you two - did Jerry wear a watch, or did he have a little metronome on his wrist at all times?

 
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